LUSAKA, (Xinhua) -- Zambian
President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday pledged his government’s commitment to
support the Under 20 national soccer team in its preparation for the forthcoming
FIFA World Cup tournament.
The team is
among four countries that will represent Africa at the World Cup to be hosted by
South Korea in May.
he hosted a luncheon for the team which won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
Under-20 tournamen, the Zambian leader said he will not tolerate stories of lack
of money for the team to prepare adequately for the world junior soccer
“Let me take
this opportunity to appeal to all stakeholders to support our champions in their
World Cup preparations and during the tournament itself. I will support you so
others should promise openly that they will support you. Don’t tell me that the
government is broke,” he said.
leader lauded the team for its victory, saying the win has brought smiles and
pride to every citizen and reminded the world that the country was still a
football power house in Africa.
been placed in Group C alongside Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran during draws
conducted in Seoul on Wednesday.
be appearing for the third time at the World Youth Soccer Championship.
Morocco’s football team to play Tunisia,
Burkina in friendly
RABAT, (Xinhua) --
Moroccan football team will play friendly games with Burkina Faso
and Tunisia on March 24 and 28 respectively in the city of Marrakech, according
to the Moroccan Federation of Football.
unveiled on Wednesday Morocco’s final 25-man squad for the two friendly matches,
which are part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Herve Renard kept the same squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 2017
African Cup of Nations held in Gabon, including the two stars that were injured
few weeks before the competition, Nice’s Younes Belhanda and Southampton’s
also includes three new faces, namely Real Madrid’s Achraf Hakimi and Abdelhamid
El Kaoutari and Yassine Bamou from the French teams of Bastia and Nantes.
set to play Mali on August 28 in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.